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Councillors Tackle Dangerous Parking In Huddersfield

Clr Sheikh Ullah (centre) with Clr Mohan Sokhal (left) and Clr Carole Pattison at an area on the junction of St James’s Road and Westbourne Road, Marsh, which has been an area of problem parking.

Drivers who park on the pavement outside food outlets in Huddersfield have been criticised for potentially putting pedestrians at risk.

Now an area on Westbourne Road in Marsh has been made safer by the introduction of bollards, traffic islands and “hatched lines” close to the roundabout.

Councillors acted over dangerous and indiscriminate parking by first speaking with local businesses and then calling for increased enforcement from police and highways officers.

Speaking on behalf of Greenhead ward’s three Labour members Clr Sheikh Ullah (Lab, Greenhead) said: “Marsh is a successful and popular shopping area and as councillors our aim is to see it continue to flourish.

“However a minority of drivers are responsible for dangerous parking and pedestrian safety is a top priority.

“The council has introduced a number of safety measures along Westbourne Road.

“These includes hatched lines close to the busy roundabout on Westbourne Road and highly visible traffic islands in addition to numerous bollards to prevent irresponsible drivers from placing pedestrians at risk.

“We have made personal contact with businesses to seek their full co-operation.

“Many businesses in this vibrant shopping centre are fully engaged and co-operating to advise customers to be minded of safe parking.

“There has been a significant increase in visible enforcement at peak times from both the police and highways officers.”

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